Register as Independent Voter..?

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    What if the bulk of Republican and Democratic Party registered voters came together and switched to be independent voters?

    Ya think all hell would break loose in Washington and the media?

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    An independent voter, those who register as an unaffiliated voter in the United States, is a voter of a democratic country who does not align him- or herself with a political party. Independents are variously defined as a voter who votes for candidates and issues rather than on the basis of a political ideology or partisanship;[1] a voter who does not have long-standing loyalty to, or identification with, a political party;[2][3] a voter who does not usually vote for the same political party from election to election;[4][5] or a voter who self-describes as an independent.

    Independent (voter) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I find this portion to be somewhat ironic, given that the hallmark of both the Democrats and the Republicans is their lack of adherence to any consistent ideology.
     
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    The states would have a hell of a time gerrymandering, too late this time but in 8 years when it is due again?
     
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    In KY if you register as unafilliated you cannot vote in any primary.
    and independent is a party in KY. Not really independent is it?
     
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    I only vote in local politics and support third parties in national politics, besides Ron Paul. If a liberal stepped up to the plate an ran on a national ticket, I would them.

    However, why should I vote a national candidate when I believe that they are nothing but rent seeking politicians and empty suits? Plus, it goes against my ideals that millions of people should be voting for a father figure.

    That shit is gay.
     
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    Honestly, I think the people would have less say on what goes on because even smaller groups of people would control the parties.
     
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    Our system is built around political parties. Registering "Unaffiliated" (not "Independent" - that can mean a member of the "Independent" or "Independence" Party) just eliminates your ability to vote in Primaries.
     
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    I'm registered as "Unaffiliated".
    In my state, that means I can choose which primary to vote in.
    I wouldn't be happy in Kentucky.
     
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    If you come from the position that both Political Parties are essentially taking turns screwing the American people over, splitting us up, blaming the other Party, accomplishing little for the private citizen, only concerned with their re-election and power etc.

    I'm thinkin this would really shake their asses up..a lot of these rules they've made for themselves would no longer be relevant..
     
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    I'm no fan of the two-party system, but it would take tens of millions of people doing what you're suggesting to have any effect.
     

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